The Heist: 50 Shades Of Green

Front Cover The Heist

By Bonnie Lee



Tax specialist Kim Stillwell is bored. That situation comes to an end when a client walks in and dumps a bunch of cash on her desk, then runs out, and promptly gets shot. What’s going on? It’s Kim’s job to find the answer…while trying to establish a relationship with a hunky beau…and avoiding telling the cops anything that could ruin her business.

Well, why not? You have cooking mysteries, knitting mysteries, a plethora of cat and dog mysteries, why not tax mysteries? It makes for a unique story and gives the author a good challenge which is how to work tax related information into a mystery.


Kim Stillwell: 33, 5’9”, tax specialist, drives a silver BMW

Susan: Kim’s sister, author, works at a dog care center, attended Stanford

Simon Dunfey: operates a cabinet making business, owns horses

Maggie Dunfrey: Simon’s wife, early 30s, beauty mark below her lower lip, raven hair, small frame

‘Mac’ McCarthy: police officer, early 50s, paunchy, 6’2”, brown eyes, thin grey hair

Luke Hunter: musician, 6’6”, owns a cat

All right, first off, I must give a big raspberry to the author because she included a character who scored big with a literary agent. Shame on her for rubbing it in for the rest us schlubs who’ve received rejection after rejection. Lol.

Otherwise, I like the characters although Luke comes on a bit obsessive. Yeah, I realize Kim was shot at and he cares for her, but it seemed that Luke wanted to know where was every minute of the day and became upset when she didn’t answer her phone. Sheesh, pal, the lady has a life and a job. I know, it’s inevitable she will be in danger, but just comes off a bit strong.


A capitalization error on a tag line. A bit of punctuation problem in a conversation. Kim’s voice comes through best. Luke’s does too, although as mentioned above, he goes a bit over the top in his “I’m so worried about you and care about you so much. Let’s talk marriage and children right away.” Really? Any woman I know would be saying, “Hey buddy, back off with the putting-a-ring-on-it business.”


Most chapters end with a tax tip that is related to something in the chapter. Chapters are titled. A couple instances of minor profanity.

Some of the book is third person past. Some is first person present from Kim’s POV. Some of the book is third person present. A bit of a mixing of tenses at times. A couple capitalization errors.

So, I’m reading along and it’s pretty standard fare with the usual cops not liking the protagonist, the romance angle, and the kidnapping. Except, that the last suddenly goes off into goofy land. Okay, so there’s no major problem with goofy, just that with a longer book this part would have been set up or foreshadowed or hinted at (a scene early on showing the baddie in the unique situation that is in this book). With a relatively short story here, you have to takes things in stride.

Still pretty good.

My Rank:

Green Belt



Posted on June 8, 2015, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Were real tax tips incorporated into the story, as the subtitle implies? If there are, of course the next question is whether they are genuine or more fiction.

  2. I assume since the author is a tax preparer, the tips at the end of ech chapter were genuine.

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